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How the Western media is getting (almost) everything wrong about Venezuela

27 Feb

To explain events and developments in Venezuela at the moment is no mean task. Like most things, this is a complicated, vast subject, and regardless of the attempts by myriad political protagonists, human rights groups and news media outlets to paint things in simple, starkly black and white terms, they are not. In order to fully understand what is happening in the country, one must delve deep.

Take, for instance, a recent, particularly galling video on YouTube which explains that millions of students took to the streets to protest against the crime and security situation. The online comments left by a number of Venezuelans on the video are themselves quite telling, specifically in that they are mostly made in English and, bar the usual exceptions, English-speaking Venezuelans tend to generally be from the rich minority that has been fighting to overthrow democracy since 1998. Another curious thing about such comments is that they know what terminologies to deploy, as well as where and when to use them. They know, for instance, to mention “communism”, “Cuba”, “democracy” and “human rights”.

via How the Western media is getting (almost) everything wrong about Venezuela | Ceasefire Magazine.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in South America

 

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2 responses to “How the Western media is getting (almost) everything wrong about Venezuela

  1. Judith

    February 27, 2014 at 7:10 am

    But this isn’t explaining what the media gets wrong…?

     
    • manueldg82

      February 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      I might agree with you on that but I guess the author wanted to explain his views on the protests from a different point of view. Venezuela is in a very delicate state but I am afraid the mainstream media are not helping by saying that opposition is right and the people who supports the government are wrong. I believe that people should push for a compromise knowing they will have to give up something for the common good. The Venezuelan government is not torturing or killing anyone, it’s a legitimate government that I am afraid is betting on the wrong horse (Maduro). Let’s hope for the sake of Venezuela and its people, that el pueblo will find the strength to find a way out without bloodshed.

       

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